Mark-up of climate change legislation is slated for Monday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, after weeks of negotiations and vote counting.
The mark-up has been repeatedly delayed due to extreme differences on the Committee and in Congress about how or even if to legislate on this topic.
Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has said he wants to finish Committee work on a bill by Memorial Day recess, which starts at the end of next week. Even if mark-up does start Monday, policy work will likely be delayed at least a few days by opening statements and reading of the bill.
Pressure to finish a bill is coming, in part, from a proposed finding issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in April indicating that greenhouse gases pose a risk to human health and welfare. That finding, now in a 60-day comment period, is the first step toward regulation of those gases by the EPA, which would be a complicated and expensive process.
NAWG continues to have conversations with Hill leaders and Obama Administration officials, emphasizing the need for a robust cap-and-trade program to include agricultural offsets in any legislation.
The draft language that will be marked-up next week is at http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1622:chairmen-waxman-and-markey-introduce-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act&catid=155:statements&Itemid=81